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Founding Partners

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University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust & University of Birmingham

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS Trusts in England, providing direct acute services and specialist care to a Birmingham population of 1.2m, across four hospital sites, in addition to specialist regional and supra-regional services. The Trust has over two million patient visits per annum, serving the population of the West Midlands (WM), and has the largest single site critical care unit in Europe. UHB is a Global Digital Exemplar site, and has nationally recognised strength in design and deployment of novel digital solutions to support direct clinical care and health informatics capability.  UHB also has significant expertise in implementing regional and supra-regional health data systems as part of clinical care within a robust data governance framework. UHB houses PIONEER, the HDR-UK Hub for Acute Care, in which DECOVID will reside, and will use its expertise to rapidly deploy DECOVID. PIONEER gathers data from across acute care providers and has been developed to meet required ISOs for data curation, pseudonymisation, anonymisation and distribution.  DECOVID processes will be aligned to PIONEER processes.

The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, and its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 6,500 international students from nearly 150 countries.

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University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & University College London

UCLH is one of England’s leading NHS Foundation Trusts providing academically-led specialist and acute services in six hospitals in central London. The Trust has over one million patient visits every year across its hospital sites. In partnership with UCL, UCLH is one of the country’s five major National Institute for Health Research biomedical research centres. In the last year UCLH has become fully digitised and has been developing a strategic research informatics platform – EMAP – that provides tools for data-scientists to work with research-ready standardised clinical data. DECOVID will be adopting this standard.

UCL is a diverse community with the freedom to challenge and think differently. Its community of more than 41,500 students from 150 countries and over 12,500 staff pursues academic excellence, breaks boundaries and makes a positive impact on real world problems. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the world, UCL is applying the depth and breadth of its cross-disciplinary research and expertise to help humanity recover from COVID-19 and to make the world more resilient and equitable in the future.

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The Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute is the national institute for data science and AI. It has a large network of leading researchers in artificial intelligence (AI), computational statistics, machine learning and data science as well as expertise in provisioning flexible, scalable data science environments and reproducible analysis pipelines with research software engineers working within analytic teams to ensure robust, reproducible, open-source tools. This work was supported by The Alan Turing Institute under the EPSRC grant EP/N510129/1.

Supported By

EPSRC under the grant EP/N510129/1


In-kind contributions for the Turing’s analysis work stream

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In-kind contributions of staff time

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